Here are a few tips:
If you bring your dog, we ask that you keep it on a leash.
What to Bring:
If you plan on taking the Dismalite Night Tour, you will want to bring a flashlight (preferably one with a red filter). Read more about about red light and night vision on the Dismalites page.
If you smoke in the canyon - or anywhere else at Dismals Canyon - please bring along something to contain the butts in until you see a waste basket. DO NOT DROP YOUR CIGARETTE BUTTS ON THE GROUND.
Remember to take plenty of water with you on the trail. If you do not bring your own, we sell water and other beverages in the Country Store.
If you camp, it's a good idea to bring a NOAA Weather Radio. (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Proper Apparel for the trail:
The Hiking/Nature trail through the canyon is relatively easy for all ages, but is not your average stroll in the park. In some places, you may want to cross ankle deep water and - depending on recent weather - the trail may be muddy.
We suggest wearing shoes that you won't mind getting wet or soiled. The same goes for other apparel.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL while hiking the canyon floor:
It is easy to trip or fall. There are many large roots and rocks, and in many spots it can be very slippery.
The canyon floor IS NOT wheelchair accessible. There are stairs to traverse in order to get down onto the canyon floor, and the trail is on very uneven terrain.
Fees and Admission:
Dismals Canyon is not a state or federal park. It is a natural conservatory privately owned and operated. There are admission fees.
Although not many animals are usually seen in the canyon, it is possible to see snakes or other wild animals. Do not attempt to kill or harm any animal you may encounter. And please note: we do not refund admission fees because you were frightened by an animal. This is nature.
Leave nothing, take nothing
Dismals Canyon is a National Natural Landmark Registered with the U.S. Department of the Interior. $1,000 fine for removal or defacement of rocks, plants or animals.
Q. Do you offer RV camping / hookups?
A. NO. We do not offer RV camping.
The closest RV camping is at Bear Creek Lakes, not far from Dismals Canyon.
Q. When are you open? What is your seasonal schedule?
A. See our Admission Info page
Q. What are your latitude and longitude coordinates?
34° 19' 38.00" N
87° 46' 57.00" W
Q. I have a National Parks Pass.
Is it good for admission into Dismals Canyon?
A. NO. Although Dismals Canyon is designated by the National Park Service as a NATIONAL NATURAL LANDMARK, it is not a State Park or National Park. It's an 85 acre Natural Conservatory - privately owned and operated. There are admission fees.
Q. Are dogs allowed?
A. YES. But we ask that you keep them on a leash.
Q. How many miles of hiking trails do you have?
Q. Do you have horse or bike trails?
A. YES. BUT they are currently unusable, due to many downed trees.
Q. Do you have bathhouse / restroom facilities for campers and visitors.
A. YES. the Bathhouse / Restrooms are located in the parking area. View Rim Map.